Are shaving bumps acne?
Not necessarily. You might have clogged pores, too, but true shaving bumps are actually “ingrown” hairs: coarse or curly hairs that loop under and grow back upwards to the skin’s surface.
This is called a pseudofolliculitis — pseudo because it is not a true inflammation from bacteria or fungi. It may mimic such conditions and inflammation may also occur, but the cause is physical, not fungal or bacterial.
If you have shaving bumps — raised, uniform bumps, usually on the jawline and neck, and normally without visible infected matter (pus) — you could try:
- A non-pore-clogging shaving regimen like 1635 Gentle Men’s Therapeutic Shaving to rule out folliculitis.
- If your dermatologist diagnoses your bumps as pseudofolliculitis, you could opt to not shave — ask your doctor about laser hair removal, for example.
- Id Monolaurin Gel, an anti-inflammatory, can also help keep inflammation at bay.
As with most skin concerns (for most things health-related, for that matter), an accurate diagnosis is fundamental to achieving clarity. See a properly boarded dermatologist.